Are you a Costco member? Here are some important things you need to know!

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Costco, being the second-largest retailer in the world after Walmart is reported to have 98.5 million members as of 2019, and all those members enjoy various benefits from the grocery giant as having a membership enables you to get almost every product available at Costco’s stores at a discounted price, whether it’s your weekly (or monthly) grocery items, gadgets, clothing or even a hot dog and pizza slice from the food courts at Costco, but here are some things you should know as a Costco member so you can take the maximum benefit of your membership!

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Share Your Membership Fee

Did you know one of the best ways to take the most benefit from the retailer’s discounted prices is to share your membership fee with a friend or relative? It will enable you to get more with less. You will pay a lower membership fee as it’s shared and when you shop in bulk, you will also save a lot more!

Shop Kirkland Signature Products

Did you know Costco guarantees quality for Kirkland’s products, its own private label brand? Costco claims the quality level of items produced by Kirkland is the same as the quality level of national brands, that too at a lesser price. So, the next you take a trip to your local Costco store, make sure to keep an eye out for Kirkland’s products.

A Variety of Branded Products

Did you know the retailer giant has brands like Calvin Klein, FILA, and Champion? If you try to miss out on as many fewer aisles as you can while at the store, there is no chance you would have missed this! You can also purchase these branded items at a much cheaper price, for example, a Champion jersey will around cost you $17 or even less!

Costco’s Return Policy

Cost definitely has one of the best return policies out there. There isn’t usually a time limit for when you can return a certain product purchased at the store, except for items such as televisions, computers, and smartphones which must be returned within 90 days of purchase. You can even return food items (however, we suggest you don’t until there is really a need to) if there is a fault or any other issue. However, here is the best part: the retailer will exchange or refund any item if you can prove it was available elsewhere at a lower price than Costco. 

Costco Concierge Services

Costco has a 24/7 tech support service that you can call up and ask for guidance. If you purchased an electronic gadget, their customer service will also help you set it up if you have issues doing it yourself. 

Discounted Home and Auto insurance

Did you know being a Costco member also enables you to get a discounted Home and Auto insurance that is powered by American Family Insurance? This is just one of the many benefits of being a Costco member!

Extra Services

Make sure to take the maximum benefit of your Costco membership as you can get your eyes and ears checkup at Costco’s optician and hearing aid center for a pretty good price!

Decode the Price

Keep an eye out on the price tags at the retailer’s giant as the pricing can apparently reveal a lot. Items that end in .97 are clearance items and being sold at a much more discounted price. However, items ending in .9 such as .59, .69, .79, .89 usually indicates the retailer has a special deal going on with the respective manufacturer and is passing out that benefit to you by selling it at a lower price than other retailers and lastly, prices ending in .88 or .00 are most likely to be manager markdowns, which means it is probably one of the last items on the shelf that the manager wants to get done with, so if you across such a product, you better buy it ASAP!

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